Victorian-based veteran sire Danzero (Danehill – Confidentially, by Kaoru Star) earned the 39th individual Stakes winner of his long career when See The World (Danzero – Global Dance, by Spinning World) scored in Friday’s Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford.
Danzero moved to Rosemont Stud after serving Arrowfield Stud with distinction. See The World gave a timely reminder of Danzero’s value with his game win/
See The Stars settled off the pace before surging to victory in the 1200-metre event. Winning trainer Joe Pride said the small field of nine runners provided an opportunity too attractive to pass up.
“It’s a big effort from this horse,” Pride told Sky Racing World. “He had to come from off the pace.”
“He’s been in really good form this preparation – it’s no surprise to see him get the money today. I thought the extra 100 metres was going to suit him more than most of his rivals and the wet track isn’t a problem.”
“I was keen to come here to Gosford when I saw a small field and a nice draw for the horse. Had there been a big field it might have been a bit too big of a task but with a smaller field he doesn’t have as much ground to make up obviously.”
Pride said the Listed Ramornie Stakes at Grafton would be See The World’s next likely target.
See The World fetched $120,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The gelding has now won more than $260,000 from his six wins.
Extra Zero ( g Danzero – Extra Bubbley, by Bellotto) sparked a big race double for jockey Nash Rawiller when lumping top-weight in Friday’s Listed $170,000 Commercial Club Albury Gold Cup (2000m).
Rawiller made the bold move of spearing Extra Zero across from his wide gate and he found the front after running through 400m. From there he was allowed a soft lead corned with a one length advantage. Challenges came thick and fast in the straight but Extra Zero kept up the gallop to score a good win, the second in the race for trainer David Hayes who had won previously with Growl in 2010.
Muirfield (Don Eduardo) flashed home late to grab second spot in front of King Diamond (Danewin) for trainer Mike Moroney to make it a Victorian-trained trifecta in the race.
Hayes stable representative Russell Treloar said the win was deserved for Extra Zero, a VRC Derby placegetter.
‚ÄúHe hasn’t won for a little while, but he’s always been around the mark and he’s just been caught wide in a few of his runs and just hasn’t had a lot of luck,‚Äù Treloar said.¬†‚ÄúLast start at Flemington 9Blamey Stakes), he got caught wide and they weren’t really running on and he couldn’t get a chance to get in.”
‚ÄúWith the 56 minimum, he only had 58, so he was in at the weights really well and he’d trained on super since his last run.‚Äù
Arrowfield stallions past and present registered a winning treble in successive races at Gosford on Thursday.
Without Doubt (5 g Not A Single Doubt – Wave Hello, by Molokai Prince) got the ball rolling when winning the $16,000 Class 1 Handicap over 1600m, followed by Mounted (4 g Charge Forward – Empire Bay, by Polish Navy) who won the Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1000m and then King’s Dominion (3 g Danzero – Fizzi Lizzi, by Royal Academy) took the Class 1 Handicap over 1000m.
Mounted is trained on track by Albert Stapleford and defeated Negombo by half a length. Stapleford paid $50,000 for Mounted as a yearling at the 2009 Inglis Classic Sale and yesterday was the third win for the four-year-old.
Without Doubt is trained by Bindi Cheers, who also shares in the ownership of the five-year-old who was winning his second race from 33 starts.
Golden Slipper Stakes winner Danzero now stands for Anthony Mithen at his Rosemont Stud near Geelong in Victoria.
Glamour Sydney mare More Joyous (More Than Ready – Sunday Joy, by Sunday Silence) will need to overcome last season’s champion two-year-old Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) if she is to give her sire his first stakes win of the season in Friday’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Vinery resident More Than Ready (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) has sired the winners of 26 races this season but stakes success has eluded him so far.
Sepoy and More Joyous are the favoured runners in an eight-horse field. Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) gelding Buffering (Mossman – Action Annie, by Anabaa) will provide another opportunity for a Vinery sire to win the $500,000 race.
Kulgrinda (Exceed And Excel – River Crossing, by Bellotto) will give Darley sires their second shot at claiming the Manikato Stakes.
Former Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero (Danzero – Have Love, by Canny Lad) will represent the new Rosemont Stud stallion Danzero (Danehill – Confidentially, by Kaoru Star).
Manikato Stakes (1200m) – Group 1 – Of $500,000
||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)
||More Than Ready
||Ms Michelle Payne
||Peter G Moody
||Exceed And Excel
Danzero (Danehill) was represented by a new stakes winner when consistent mare Break Card broke through for her first stakes win in Saturday’s $100,000 Rydges Parramatta Premiers Cup (Listed) over 1800m at Rosehill. Break Card swept up rounding the home turn and then went clear, holding off the final sprint by Praecido to score by a head.
“We had been thinking about going to this journey for a while and John (Baxter) said after her last start to have a crack at it and this was the right race, 1800m on her home track, she is super fit, they weren‚Äôt the A-graders and now she is a listed winner,‚Äù trainer Gerald Ryan said.
‚ÄúShe is as honest as they come and John and Marilyn Baxter have been great supporters, they have stuck by me and today is their 40th wedding anniversary, they both deserve medals.‚Äù
Break Card is by Danzero out of the Fairy King (USA) mare Fleur De Jazz and is owned by John and Marilyn Baxter‚Äôs Ruane Menangle Syndicate. She has now won six races and placed seven times from 33 starts.
Danzero (Danehill) will stand in Victoria at Rosemont Stud, Victoria, in 2011.
Danzero’s departure on 5 August from Arrowfield to Rosemunt Stud¬†Victoria was poignant for everyone who has worked with him at Arrowfield where he has lived since his return 11 years ago from his sole northern hemisphere season at Cheveley Park Stud in England.
Sold as a yearling by Arrowfield, Danzero was one of the 51 first-crop foals in Australia by Danehill (USA) and went on to win the ¬†Golden Slipper Stakes and just over $1.3 million. He stood his first two seasons at Arrowfield in 1995 & 1996 and ¬†then transferred to Chatswood Stud in Victoria for the 1997 season before returning to Arrowfield where he has stood ever since with a shuttle season to Cheveley Park Stud in England in 2000.
Danzero was crowned Australia’s Champion First Season Sire of 1998/99 and in 2004 when Dance Hero won the Golden Slipper, in race record time of 1.08.60, helping Danzero to his second stallion premiership, this time for the country’s Champion Sire of 2yo’s.
“The reaction to Danzero coming back to Victoria has been quite extraordinary.‚Äù Rosemont’s owner Anthony Mithen says. ‚ÄúI have been run off my feet taking bookings since the day we announced his move to Rosemont. As a farm standing their first stallion, it has been humbling to have breeders show faith in what we can provide, but I’ve got a funny feeling the stallion chooses himself.
“With seven G1 winners, nearly 40 stakeswinners, champions produced and a $10,000 fee priced for the market we are in, it’s little wonder he’s virtually booked out and ready to cover his 85 mares this season. We’ve done a power of work around the farm to be ready for him including building a new stallion box. It’s not quite the dimensions of Redoute’s Choice’s salubrious surrounds, but not far off!”
Golden Slipper winner Danzero (Danehill – Confidentially, by Kaoru Star) enjoyed stakes success as a broodmare sire in France last weekend when¬†Dalarua (3 f King‚Äôs Best ‚Äì Djenanne, by Danzero) won the ‚Ç¨80,000 Prix de Psyche (Gr 3) at Deauville on Saturday.
Dalaru came through between horses in the straight to defeat¬†Dream Peace (Dansili) by a nose with Dorcas Lane (Norse Dancer) a head away third.
Danzero is standing in Victoria in 2011 at Rosemount Stud, Ceres where his fee is advertised at $11,000 (inc GST)
Yarraman Stud resident Magic Albert (Zeditave – Sally Lou, by Salieri) has continued to perform¬†in oustanding fashion¬†with another double on Tuesday.
Magic Albert had five winners in the eastern states last week. The consistent sire produced Watch The Magic (Magic Albert – Priceless, by Geiger Counter) to win at Taree before Three Little Words (Magic Albert – Bashaer, by Rancho Ruler).
Watch The Magic is particularly well related. The two-year-old gelding’s dam, Priceless (Geiger Counter – Paris Miss, by Opera Prince), was a three-time-winning half-sister to the Group 1 winner Ruffles (Zeditave – Paris Miss, by Opera Prince), and the Group 2 winner Ateates (Zeditave – Paris Miss, by Opera Prince).
Watch The Magic also comes from the same family as Group 2-winning sprinter True Glo (Brief Truce – Torelgo, by Zeditave) as well as the stakes-placed duo Formal Attire (Danehill – Ruffles, by Zeditave) and Rough Chance (Rock Of Gibraltar – Ruffles, by Zeditave).
Meanwhile, top Victorian trainer David Hayes turned back the clock with a juvenile double at Tuesday’s Geelong Synthetic meeting.
Hayes produced scores of two-year-old winners in previous years before the likes of Peter Moody, Lee Freedman and Peter Snowden emerged as the top trainers of youngsters in recent seasons.
Hayes won the GRC Function & Event Centre Maiden (1300m) with North East (Danzero – Mischievous, by Red Ransom) before the trainer claimed the Jacobs Creek Maiden Plate (1100m) with Ransom Moment (Barely A Moment – Ransom Claim, by Red Ransom).
Danzero will returned to Victoria, where he was trained and where he stood during the early part of his breeding career, following his purchase by Rosemont Stud.
The Golden Slipper winner has been a stalwart for Arrowfield for 15 years, and has sired seven Group 1 winners to date, and is ‘a coup for Victorian breeders’ according to Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great way for Danzero to finish his stunning stud career. I‚Äôm just so glad that John Messara has laid faith in our operation to sell Dan to us and give the Golden Slipper-winner the chance to finish his career with a bang. He is an awesome stallion who has produced seven individual Group One winners and I don‚Äôt think we‚Äôve seen his last.‚Äù
Arrowfield owner John Messara was equally as pleased that Danzero will finish his career in an environment where he will shine.¬†‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a farm favourite and it will provide Victoria with a proven stallion of his quality. It would be fair to say he can be missed in the crush of stallions up our way these days, but there is no doubt he is one of the finest stallions we have produced,‚Äù Messara said.
‚ÄúHe was bred by us, sold by us, bought back by us and was Danehill‚Äôs first Group One winner. Understandably, we will be a bit sad to see him go, but I know he‚Äôs going to a great home that will give him the best opportunity to finish his duties in a flurry.‚Äù
It is Rosemont‚Äôs first foray into the stallion market and with the VOBIS breeders and owners scheme, Mithen feels he will be a very popular stallion in Victoria.¬†‚ÄúWe will look after him and only cover around 80 mares a season which won‚Äôt take long to book up. Where else for $10,000 are you going to get a stallion that has thrown 37 stakes winners, seven Group One winners, the best 2yo this country has seen in the last 20 years in Dance Hero with plenty more still to come?”
A treble to Hussonet (Mr Prospector – Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) has provided the backbone to a five-win Sunday for Arrowfield Stud.
The stallion picked up winners in three states. Hussonet had winners at Casterton in Victoria, Nowra in New South Wales and at the Sunshine Coast Cushion track meeting in Queensland.
Riveted (Hussonet – Lace Wing, by Caerleon) provided Hussonet’s most lucrative success of the day. The Ciaron Maher-trained five-year-old scored a strong win in the $25,000 Casterton Cup (2000m).
The Kurt Goldman-trained Arms Length (Hussonet – Apart, by Rahy) took out the King horn Belle Of The South Handicap (1200m) at Nowra before Hussonator (Hussonet- Broenne, by Brocco) claimed the Bank Of Queensland Caloundra Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast.
Arrowfield enjoyed further success with Golden Slipper winner Danzero (Danehill – Confidentially, by Kaoru Star) providing the Hunter Valley operation with a two-country double. The Robert Smerdon-trained Marked Danger (Danzero – Shiny, by Forest Glow) won the Highview Accounting Services Maiden Plate (2025m) before Australian trainer David Hall produced Fastplus Master (Danzero – Tehama, by Centaine) to win the Quicken Away Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.